head·​way ˈhed-ˌwā How to pronounce headway (audio)
: motion or rate of motion in a forward direction
: headroom (as under an arch) sufficient to allow passage
: the time interval between two vehicles traveling in the same direction on the same route

Example Sentences

the ant was making little headway carrying a crumb that was about five times his size
Recent Examples on the Web However, there is one project that has made some headway. IEEE Spectrum, 15 Mar. 2023 At the same time, Democrats are making more headway in the traditionally conservative suburbs surrounding Milwaukee. Between 2018 and 2022, River Hills voters swung 24 points in Democrats' favor. Laura Schulte, Journal Sentinel, 21 Feb. 2023 The Sooners will also be a deeper and more experienced team after almost completely redoing the roster last winter and making significant headway in the transfer portal this offseason. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2023 Some Democrats and Republicans, however, remain optimistic that there are a few areas where the new Congress can make some headway. Justin Worland, Time, 12 Jan. 2023 But while Russia made significant headway, Western officials said, a culture of graft and fraud persisted under Mr. Putin that emphasized loyalty above honesty, or even skill. Thomas Gibbons-neff, New York Times, 16 Dec. 2022 Likewise, decomposing a cube with side-length t into six boxes shows that Scipione del Ferro, a professor at the University of Bologna in the early 16th century, was first to make significant headway into solving cubic equations. Quanta Magazine, 30 June 2022 Republicans have been making significant headway with suburban women on pressing issues such as crime, schools and inflation. Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune, 28 June 2022 Delegates from Ukraine and Russia met in Belarus on Thursday and agreed on humanitarian corridors that would allow civilians to flee safely and allow for humanitarian supplies to be delivered — but made little headway on ending the fighting. Dallas News, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of headway was in 1730

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“Headway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headway. Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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head·​way -ˌwā How to pronounce headway (audio)
: motion forward

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